Based on Marcel Pagnol’s stage and film trilogy Marius, Fanny and César, FANNY is a romantic tale of love, secrets and passion set in the seaport milieu of old Marseille.

Music samples provided courtesy of Masterworks Broadway
and Warner-Chappell Music, Inc.

Photos courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Materials
  • Cast
  • History
  • Musical Numbers
  • Upcoming
  • FANNY offers a serious and sympathetic account of the call of the sea versus the call of love among the earthy denizens of the teeming Old Port of Marseille. The songs serve as real emotional peaks in the dialogue, and the orchestra underlines the action with brief random passages. Familiar favorites are the title song, “Restless Heart,” a driving chant of the sea-crazed Marius, the lovely ballads, “The Thought of You” and “I Have to Tell You,” César’s,”Love is a Very Light Thing” and Panisse’s, “To My Wife.” Variety is added by the amusing “Be Kind to your Parents” and “Octopus Song.” “Welcome Home” is indeed a touching number.

    Marius, Fanny’s sweetheart is more enchanted with ideas of world travel than with love. He feels an irresistible call of the sea, leaving behind his father and sweetheart. Wealthy, middle-aged Panisse marries Fanny to give her son an affectionate father and is delighted with his belated acquisition of a family. Derelict Marius returns but is sent away by his saddened father. Finally Panisse dies, and Marius claims his rightful family. FANNY is a colorful, human, tuneful romance.

    A Musical Play by S. N. Behrman and Joshua Logan
    Based on the Trilogy of Marcel Pagnol
    Music and Lyrics by Harold Rome

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  • Full Orchestration

    2 Violin AC (4 players)
    1 Violin B (2 players)
    1 Violin D & Mandolin (1 player)
    1 Viola (2 players)
    1 Cello (2 players)
    1 Bass (1 player)

    1 Reed I: Flute & Piccolo
    1 Reed II: Oboe & English Horn
    1 Reed III: Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
    1 Reed IV: Flute & Clarinet
    1 Reed V: Clarinet & Bassoon

    2 Horn I & II
    2 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II

    1 Percussion
    1 Harp
    1 Concertina
    1 Piano & Celeste

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • (In order of Appearance)

    Arab Rug Seller
    Marius, son of César
    Fanny, daughter of Honorine
    Maori Vendor
    Lace Vendor
    Claudine and Claudette, Twin sisters, friends of Fanny
    Charles and his friends
    Friends of Fanny:
    Panisse, wealthy sailmaker
    The Admiral, an eccentric waterfront character
    Moroccan Drummer
    Second Mate
    Fish-Stall Woman
    An Arab
    César, proprietor of cafe on waterfront
    Honorine, Fanny’s mother, a fish-stall keeper
    Escartifique, A ferryboat captain
    M. Brun, customs inspector, recently returned from Paris
    Arab Dancing Girl
    Garage owner

  • Opening on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on November 4, 1954, FANNY was presented by David Merrick and Joshua Logan, starring Ezio Pinza, Walter Slezak, Florence Henderson and William Tabbert. FANNY later moved to the Belasco Theatre, playing a total of 888 performances.

    Awards (1955)

    The Tony Award for Best Actor

  • Act I

    1. “Never Too Late For Love” – Panisse & Ensemble
    2. “Cold-Cream Jar Song” – Panisse
    3. “Octopus Song” – The Admiral
    4. “Restless Heart” – Marius & Male Ensemble
    5. “Why Be Afraid to Dance” – Cesar
    6. “Never Too Late for Love” (Reprise) – Cesar, Panisse, & Honorine
    7. “Shika, Shika” – Arab Dancing Girl, Rug Seller, & Ensemble
    8. “Welcome Home” – Cesar
    9. “I Like You” – Marius & Cesar
    10. “I Have To Tell You” – Fanny
    11. “Fanny” – Marius
    12. Montage – Fanny, Marius, Cesar, Ensemble
    13. “Oysters, Cockles, and Mussels” – Ensembles
    14. “Panisse and Son” – Panisse
    15. Wedding Dance – Charles Blackwell & Ensemble
    16. Act One Finale – Ensemble

    Act II

    17. “Birthday Song” – Fanny, Honorine, Ensemble
    18. “To My Wife” – Panisse
    19. “The Thought of You” – Marius & Fanny
    20. “Love Is A Very Light Thing” – Cesar
    21. “Other Hands, Other Hearts” – Fanny, Cesar, & Marius
    22. “Fanny” (Reprise)– Cesar, Fanny, & Marius
    23. Montage – Ensemble
    24. “Be Kind to Your Parents” – Fanny & Cesario
    25. Cesario’s Party (Cirque Francais) – Orchestra
    25a. Acrobats
    25b. Pony and Trainer
    25c. Trained Seals
    25d. Living Statues
    25e. Clowns
    25f. Circus Finale
    26. Finale: “Welcome Home” (Reprise) – Cesar & Panisse

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